Charges Dismissed in Child Cruelty Case

February 2012

Michael A. Goldstein’s client was charged with assaulting her child in a parking lot. According to an alleged witness, the defendant was engaged in an altercation with her child and kicked and pushed her child. The witness reported the incident to San Gabriel Police and the DA charged the defendant. At the arraignment, the DA requested a complete stay away order from her son notwithstanding the fact there were no injuries and the child denied what had occurred. The DA was demanding a plea of guilty to Child Cruelty, 52 weeks of counseling and community labor. Michael’s client refused to plead guilty and the matter proceeded to trial on Michael’s advice. The case was thereafter sent to Burbank where the DA ultimately dismissed the case prior to jury selection.

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